Fashion, retail and food product manufacturers often mistreat animals regularly. This has led to many movements, such as the Vegan movement, becoming trendy as people are more aware of some of the methods used. Additionally, people and children are also exploited regularly to produce some of the most valuable items available in retail. These include clothes, sports gear and jewellery.
Because of the Vegan movement and animal rights activists, in addition to exploitation awareness organisations such as fair trade, most supermarkets and retail chains now stock a wide range of cruelty-free products.
The list of cruelty-free products is getting better all the time, and some of the best you can purchase right now include the following:
Face and Skin Cream
The cosmetics industry is widely known to use animals such as monkeys, rats and mice when testing new products. Some of the chemicals used in face and skin creams, for example, can be extremely dangerous and, for some people, can cause more harm than good. Such as those with sensitive skin.
Fortunately, cruelty-free and organic products such as Millie Organics are produced with health and safety in mind and no animal testing.
Further to face and skin cream, the cosmetic industry also produces makeup using dangerous chemicals, with items such as lipstick often tested on monkeys and apes.
But a further awareness of the mistreatment of animals has resulted in a revolution in the makeup industry. As a result, many of the most popular brands now manufacture their products responsibly. Some of the best include Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty brand, KVD Beauty and CoverGirl.
Clothing and Shoes
It has long been known that clothing and shoes sometimes come from countries where workers are exploited. Exploitation in these countries such as India and Brazil often includes deplorable working conditions, meagre pay, mistreatment of women and children, and long hours.
In addition, there are usually no workers rights or unions. Although the problem is widespread, the fashion industry has done little to combat the problem. However, some budget fashion brands such as Primark and H&M score better than high-end fashion labels.
Jewellery and Diamonds
Similar to fashion, the exploitation of workers in impoverished countries across Africa is a widespread problem even today. Although efforts have improved working conditions in diamond, gold and platinum mines, a so-called “blood diamonds” market still exists.
Given how bad the problem is, high street jewellery retailers such as Pandora now use lab-manufactured diamonds in many products rather than natural.
One of the most significant movements making a push towards ending animal cruelty is the Vegan movement. The past few years have seen a sharp increase in the availability of vegan products across supermarkets, including food, fashion, and homewares.
Alternatively, if you wish to eat meat, technological advancements mean it is now possible to grow it. Under lab conditions, a piece of meat can be produced from a single cell where there is no harm to any animals and land usage is reduced by up to 99%.